Live Music

Live Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosts live music throughout the year, including its regular Songwriter Sessions and Musician Spotlights and stylistically varied performances in its 800-seat CMA Theater. The Museum's unparalleled collection of historically and culturally unique resources includes classic and current country music film and TV performances and more, ranging from the 1920s to the present.

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Live Music
  • Sarah Buxton • Songwriter Session, 2021

    Singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton joins the Museum remotely for a 2021 Songwriter Session, sharing memories of her songwriting education and development and live versions of a mix of her songs, including hits she's written for major country stars (Keith Urban and Lady A among them) and selections fr...

  • CMT Next Women of Country 2019 • Concert and Conversation

    Members of CMT’s Next Women of Country—Hannah Ellis, Lainey Wilson, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, and Rachel Wammack—gather at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 7, 2019, to share stories and songs. CMT senior vice president of music strategy Leslie Fram hosts.

    Hannah Ellis talks...

  • Dom Flemons • Musician Spotlight, 2018

    Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons—whose 2018 solo album, "Black Cowboys" earned a Grammy nomination and Blues Music Award—takes the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMA Theater for a Musician Spotlight.

    Over th...

  • Jon Pardi • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Country singer Jon Pardi—whose self-penned hits include “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor”—shares live songs and answers audience questions during an intimate 2017 Songwriter Session at the Museum, presented in support of the exhibition “American Currents: The Music of 2016,” wh...

  • The Nashville Cats in Concert

    Original Nashville Cats David Briggs, Mac Gayden, Lloyd Green, Kenny Malone, Wayne Moss, and Norbert Putnam, led by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy, come back together for a 2015 concert celebrating an influential musical era and its two pivotal stars, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. T...

  • Lee Ann Womack • Songs and Interview, 2017

    In conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, Lee Ann Womack talks about her album “The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone” (recorded at Houston’s legendary SugarHill studios, where Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and many others recorded), and about songwriting, her East Texas ...

  • Bakersfield Sound • California Country Special Concert

    Presented in support of "The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country," the special concert "Under Your Spell Again: The Sounds of Bakersfield” features veteran singers and songwriters who were active in the influential 1940s-1960s scene around Bakersfield, California,...

  • Del McCoury Band Plays 'Del and Woody' • Concert, 2016

    The Del McCoury Band performs songs from the 2016 album “Del and Woody”—built on original lyrics by Woody Guthrie, and melodies by McCoury—during a 2016 concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, presented during the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest conference.

    During the c...

  • Waylon Payne • Songwriter Session, 2021

    During a 2021 interview and performance, singer-songwriter Waylon Payne discusses the road to sobriety that led to his critically acclaimed 2020 album, "Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me," and performs five of its songs live.

    The son of country musicians Sammi Smith (who sang the...

  • Marshall Chapman • Songwriter Session, 2020

    Marshall Chapman takes the stage at the Museum to share stories and perform songs from a decades-spanning career as a singer-songwriter, including “Betty’s Bein’ Bad,” which was recorded by country group Sawyer Brown and taken to #5 in the country charts in 1985.

    Throughout her 2020 Songwriter ...

  • Drummer Jerry Pentecost of Old Crow Medicine Show • Musician Spotlight, 2018

    Drummer Jerry Pentecost—who plays for Old Crow Medicine Show, Amanda Shires, and Brent Cobb—performs, shares insights into country and Americana drumming, takes questions from the audience, and welcomes well-known friends and collaborators during a Musician Spotlight at the Country Music Hall of ...

  • Allison Russell Bonus Tracks • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Allison Russell performs a selection of bonus songs as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Live at the Hall” series. Here, accompanied by Larissa Maestro on cello, Russell shares live versions of “You’re Not Alone,” written for her daughter Ida and recorded for 2019’s “Songs of O...

  • First Ladies of Bluegrass in Concert, 2019

    The First Ladies of Bluegrass—Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines, and Molly Tuttle—share the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater during this 2019 concert, a rare collective performance from the first women to win the International Bluegrass Music As...

  • Sierra Hull • Musician Spotlight, 2017

    Songwriter and mandolin player Sierra Hull performs live and shares insight into her instrument and her influences during a 2017 Musician Spotlight at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    A multi-year International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year winner, Hull perfor...

  • Crystal Gayle • Songs and Stories, 2014

    Crystal Gayle shares live songs and talks about her upbringing and career in this 2014 concert and interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Gayle reminisces about her mother and father, having a musical family, and meeting her much older and most famous sibling, Loretta Lynn, for ...

  • Deke Dickerson Performs California Country Music

    Deke Dickerson a virtuosic guitar player, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and author—leads this 2019 program on California country music, performing songs that include “California on My Mind,” “Hello Trouble,” and “Hubbin’ It,” while also telling stories about Country Music Hall of Fame member...

  • Stephanie Urbina Jones and Mariachi Tennessee • Musician Spotlight, 2018

    Texas-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Stephanie Urbina Jones joins Mariachi Tennessee on stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater in 2018, sharing country classics interpreted in a variety of mariachi styles—a blend that she dubs "country music with chili pepp...

  • Wendy Moten • Musician Spotlight, 2019

    Nashville singer Wendy Moten makes a 2019 visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a Musician Spotlight, part of a series designed to highlight the careers and musicianship of accomplished touring and session musicians.

    Joined by guitarist Gary Talley, Moten performs a broad mix of...

  • John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas • Live at the Hall, 2021

    John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas, masters of American music, sit down for a conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper about their collaborative 2021 album, "Leftover Feelings," recorded with the Jerry Douglas Band at Historic RCA Studio B, which is operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Mus...

  • The Crickets’ Sonny Curtis • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Sonny Curtis—award-winning songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and member of the Crickets—performs live and shares stories during a special 2017 Songwriter Session in honor of the Museum’s fiftieth anniversary.

    Accompanied with just his acoustic guitar, the Musicians Hall of Fame, Nashville...

  • John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas Bonus Tracks • Live at the Hall, 2021

    John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas perform “Long Black Electric Cadillac” and “Changes in My Mind,” both from their 2021 collaborative album “Leftover Feelings," as bonus tracks for their episode of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Live at the Hall” series.

    During the full “Live at the Hal...

  • Luke Bryan Songs With Writers Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson

    Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson—who wrote some of Luke Bryan’s biggest hits, including “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” and “Play It Again”—perform during a special 2015 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in support of the exhibition “Luke Bryan: Dirt Ro...

  • Steve Forbert • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Steve Forbert performs solo and discusses his forty-year career as a folk-rock singer and songwriter during this 2021 episode of the Museum's series “Live at the Hall.” Forbert traces his journey from his hometown of Meridien, Mississippi, where he fronted a rock band, to living in New York City,...

  • Steve Forbert Bonus Tracks • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Steve Forbert performed a bonus selection of songs live in Nashville, as part of a 2021 installment of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's “Live at the Hall” performance and interview series. Forbert's additional live performances here include: “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” a song from his Gram...